Alondes Williams breaks Skyforce’s single-game scoring record

Alondes Williams
Alondes Williams made history Sunday. (Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports)

Guard Alondes Williams made history Sunday–not with the Heat squad, but with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Miami Heat’s G-League affiliate.

Williams, 24, scored 55 points in Sunday’s 138-130 comeback victory over the Salt Lake Stars, breaking the franchise’s single-game scoring record, previously set by Scotty Hopson (52 points) in the 2014-15 season against the Reno Bighorns (who is now the Stockton Kings).

Williams shot 21-of-30 from the floor, 4-of-6 from 3-point range and 5-of-7 from the charity stripe. He also hauled in eight rebounds and seven assists, helping the Skyforce climb back from a 26-point first-half deficit to earn their sixth consecutive regular-season win.

The majority of Williams’ shot diet came at the rim, where he attempted 17 of his 30 field goal attempts. Here was his full shot chart on the afternoon, per the G-League’s shot tracking data.

Alondes Williams
(Photo Courtesy of stats.gleague.nba.com)

The Skyforce are an unbeaten 6-0 in the G-League regular season–which tipped off on Dec. 27–after going 8-8 in the G-League showcase.

They are No. 7 in offense and defense with the third-best NET Rating (+10.3) in six regular season games; for perspective, they were No. 19 in offense and 26 in defense during the Showcase. They also currently place in the top-10 (of 31 teams) in effective field goal percentage and true shooting percentage.

In six regular season games, Williams is third on the Skyforce in scoring, averaging 22.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists on 56.5 percent shooting and 67.6 percent true shooting.

Williams, a second-year guard out of Wake Forest, was with the Heat in the Summer League after spending his rookie season in the Brooklyn Nets organization.

He averaged 6.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 23.1 minutes per game across four Summer League games with Miami. He shot 44.4 percent shooting from the floor and 4-of-9 (44.4 percent) from 3-point range before joining the Skyforce ahead of the new season.

Alondes Williams could vie for a two-way contract with Miami (if one doesn’t free up) or elsewhere if he continues playing at the level he is; the Heat’s current two-way spots are filled up by Jamal Cain, Cole Swider–who had 37 points and 12 rebounds Sunday–and R.J. Hampton.

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oregoner

After breaking the record held by Scotty Hopson, we have to wonder if this means that Alondes Williams might be the next Scotty Hopson.

Alien

Am I hearing people say, he is “Heat’s answer for the 3rd and 4th quarter”.

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